Kamloops Fire Rescue has seen success with naloxone kits

By Chad Klassen
December 6, 2016 - 11:23am Updated: December 6, 2016 - 5:47pm

KAMLOOPS — Kamloops Fire Rescue spent Tuesday afternoon in front of City Council, unveiling its strategic plan through until 2020, outlining areas the department can improve upon to make best use of its resources.

Fire Chief Dale McLean, who's retiring at the end of the month after three years in Kamloops, addressed Mayor and Council for the final time, pointing to the desire for more efficiencies within the department over the next four years.

The city spent more than $18 million on fire services in 2015.  

Among the questions asked by city council on Tuesday was about the fire department's naloxone program, which launched July 1. Deputy Chief Mike Adams says with firefighters trained to carry naloxone kits, there have been eight times over the last five months when naloxone was administered, saving more than half a dozen lives. 

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